Limpsfield C.E. Infant School



Attendance at all school sessions is required by law, and a key factor in raising educational standards. Regular and punctual attendance at school underpins successful learning and sets good habits for the future world of employment.

Legal Responsibilities

  • Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child attends regularly and punctually.
  • The Local Authority has a legal duty to ensure that parents carry out this responsibility. The school has a legal duty to record absence of registered pupils in compliance with the regulations.

Absence from school

We are always interested in the children's welfare and it is important in the case of absences, that the school should be notified on the first day of absence by 9.30am.  If e-mailing or leaving a message on the answerphone, please give full details of the reason for absence.  Children who are sick at home or at school should not return to school until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. Please also notify us, if your child will be coming to school late and requires a lunch.  Numbers for lunch are required daily before 9.30 a.m.

For planned absences please notify the school in writing, e.g. dental, medical appointment or any visit to another school. If the parent wishes to remove a child during the day, the child should be collected and returned to the school office and the signing in and out book must be completed as appropriate.

Holidays during term time 

No holidays will be authorised during term time. 

The school holiday dates are published a year in advance and parents/carers should take their family holidays during these times. Term dates for Surrey schools are also available from the Surrey County Council website .

If there is a situation where a child will be absent during term time, you must submit an absence request form available from the office explaining the reason for absence. You will be notified of the result of the request. 

Penalty Notice Information (Surrey County Council)

If parents/carers take their children out of school without authority for 5 or more days (which do not have to be consecutive), they will be liable to receive a penalty notice. Currently the amount payable under a penalty notice is £60.00 per parent/carer per child if paid within 21 days. Thereafter the amount increases to £120.00 if paid between 21 and 28 days. If the penalty notice remains unpaid after 28 days, the Local Authority will consider a prosecution in the Magistrates Court. Please note that penalty notices are issued per parent/carer per child so a family of two parents and two children will receive 4 penalty notices.